We’ve reached the final round of the Champions League group stage and the Group E is open like a window in the summer. With both Napoli, Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool fighting about two spots in the knock out stages.
Liverpool had their chance to book their place in the next round by beating Napoli in round five, but a 1-1 draw at Anfield meant that this will go all the way down to the wire.
Napoli plays Genk at home and even though the Belgians held Napoli to a draw at home, we expect Carlo Ancelotti’s men to get the job done at home in Italy.
A win for Napoli will mean that they secure their spot in the knock out stages and it will be a battle between Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool in Austria for which team that will follow through from Group E.
Liverpool are the reign champions of the tournament and with back-to-back spots in the final of the competition, an early goodbye would be a huge surprise to not only themselves but to anyone.
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Red Bull Salzburg might have charmed Europe’s football fans but not even themselves could’ve fancied them to be in a position where they could end Liverpool’s journey to another final before it’s really gotten started.
4-3 to The Reds at Anfield is a result we will have to take into consideration as it’s an aggregate score between teams over goal difference if that’s needed to separate two teams on the same points.
Liverpool have 10 points at the moment, while Red Bull Salzburg have registered 7. Quick maths make you realise that anything but a home win for the Austrians will see Liverpool go through. If Napoli wins against Genk, a draw would mean Liverpool finishes second in the group. While a victory will see them leave Group E as winner. No matter what happens in Italy.
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For any other scenario, we will count for Napoli to beat Genk. But it should be said that if the Belgians win at San Paolo, Liverpool are through no matter what. Even if they lose.
But if Napoli wins and Liverpool lose, they will be knocked out. As long as it’s not with 5-4 (!) as this would give Liverpool a better aggregate score against Salzburg, while both teams will end up on 10 points.
So to summarize it: A draw or win for Liverpool and they’re through. Lose – and they’re out.
Liverpool are already in a crazy period of games and are yet to play five (!) games before Christmas. Including a trip to Qatar for two games in the FIFA Club World Cup.
After an initial period of the season where Klopp more or less trusted the same eleven week in and week out that have also led to massive rotation on the squad during the last game weeks.
Against Everton in mid-week, both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were rested, just for Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri to steal the show. While Klopp rested Sadio Mané on Saturday against Bournemouth. With both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming into the line-up and getting a goal each.
Liverpool will have to cope with their midfield anchor Fabinho for, what it looks, the rest of the season after the Brazilian injured his ankle in the game against Napoli.
And with the rotation that’s been, it’s likely that Jürgen Klopp has balance the squad to be able to field the team which has to be labelled his go-to-team in the biggest of games.
Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum are likely to start in midfield with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané all back together in the attack.
Joel Matip is already out with an injury and Dejan Lovren had to leave the field early against Bournemouth and if he’s not ready to play on Tuesday it will be Joe Gomez that replaces against Salzburg as well. Just as he did fine on Saturday. Actually helping Liverpool to a first clean sheet in over two months.
Red Bull Salzburg will be coming filled with confidence into this game and they rehearsed by beating WSG Wattens with 5-1 in the weekend. With, of course, Erling Braut Håland among the goalscorers.
The Norwegian wonder-kid has had an amazing few months and he’s been killing it in the Champions League. And with Salzburg’s total of 16 goals from the first five-game, they’ve scored third-most in the Champions League overall. With only Spurs (17) and Bayern Munich (21) on better records.
Salzburg v Liverpool Betting Tips
Salzburg Will Do What They Can
Backed by their home fans and fancying their chances of both knocking the reign champions out of the tournament and secure their own spot in the knock out stages, Salzburg will at least do their part in this and make sure to get at least a goal.
The problem might be that Liverpool haven’t left a field goalless since their loss to Napoli in round one, so we feel quite confident in backing Both Teams To Score here at 5/12.
We mentioned Erling Braut Håland and his goalscoring abilities and his 8 (!) goals from the first five group games of the Champions League does, of course, speaks volume on how good he’s been throughout this campaign. If there’s anyone who will lead this Salzburg side in their fight to write history it’s him and we back him to at least get another goal to his name even with Liverpool on the other side of him. He score when they met at Anfield and we expect him to do it again on Tuesday.
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Liverpool have left it late before in the Champions League and we can go back only a year when a late, late Alisson save on Milik was all that was between Liverpool to go out in the group and instead of going through and on to win it all.
We’ve seen the same going back in history as well and none of us will forget Steven Gerrard’s long-range goal which saw Liverpool go past Olympiacos and on to that amazing night in Istanbul.
Group stages are about getting the job done and by the end of the night, we think Liverpool will do so.
We back the Draw at 17/5 and welcome’s Liverpool to the knock out stages. With Red Bull Salzburg able to fly really high in the Europa League where they will continue their journey.